Live, in Photos: Levitation 2021

The Hives, Japanese Breakfast, Thundercat, black midi, and more from Halloween weekend in Austin.

As festival lineups continue to homogenize, leave it to Levitation in Austin, Texas to forego its own ethos of psychedelia-first live music lineups and invite headliners ranging from bass-led jazz funk to Latin soul to rambunctious Swedish garage rock revival in lieu of typical large-font festival bands like Tame Impala or King Gizzard. With ubiquitous indie-rocker Japanese Breakfast and heavy metal stalwarts The Sword rounding out the list of headliners that included Thundercat, Chicano Batman, and The Hives, 2021 was yet another year where the wide range of talent performing at the event shared a knack for intense and engaging—if not downright bizarre—live shows.

Kicking off last week and extending through Halloween weekend, we were fortunate enough to get a front row spot to all the action. Check out the best of the fest as captured by FLOOD photographer Daniel Cavazos below.

black midi

black midi

Thundercat

Thundercat

Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast

The Hives

The Hives

The Hives

The Hives

Sasami

Sasami

L.A. Witch

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces

Nation of Language

Nation of Language

Nation of Language

No Joy

Orange Tree Boys

Kikagaku Moyo

The Paranoyds

The Paranoyds

Urban Heat

Sweet Spirit

Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf

Boy Harsher

Boy Harsher

Boy Harsher

Drab Majesty

Drab Majesty

HOOVERiii

Sailor Poon

Rosegarden Funeral Party

Rosegarden Funeral Party

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